Establishing conservation plantings is no easy task. Native seed are often small or fluffy and create a unique set of problems for the conservationist to overcome. Planters must be capable of planting these small, fluffy seeds at a consistent rate and shallow, controlled depth. The USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program develops technical notes and videos to aid landowners and conservations in developing successful plantings.
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Adapting the botanical landscape of Melbourne Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria) in response to climate change
Botanic gardens around the world maintain collections of living plants for science, conservation, education, beauty and more. These collections change over time e in scope and content e but the predicted impacts of climate change will require a more strategic approach to the succession of plant species and their landscapes. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has recently published a ‘Landscape Succession Strategy’ for its Melbourne Gardens, a spectacular botanical landscape established in 1846.
Although only a minority of plant species have a specific human use, many more play important roles in natural ecosystems and the services they provide, and rare species are more likely to have unusual traits that could be useful in the future. The major threats to plant diversity include habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation, overexploitation, invasive species, pollution, and anthropogenic climate change.
Despite the severe threats to plant habitats and high levels of extinction risk for plant species in many parts of the world, plant conservation priorities are often poorly represented in national and global frameworks because of a lack of data in an accessible and consistent format to inform conservation decision making.
What to do when we can't bank on seeds: What botanic gardens can learn from the zoo community about conserving plants in living collections
This is a great resource for learning about ex-situ conservation strategies and lessons learned outsite the botanic garden community that can be adopted to ensure genetic diversity of valued plant collections isn't lost in the future.
Botanic gardens are organized around plant collections, and climate change will affect those collections. Land loss is expected for gardens near sea level, prompting a loss of plants from the collection. Future collection development requires planning for these losses, which in turn requires assessment of the extent and rate of collection loss. Contributors to this article examined collection inventory change over time using records at Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC), to formulate a plant collection half-life concept.
Seed banks have a significant role in safeguarding the conservation of plant genetic diversity on which our food security rests. This article describes some of the activities of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership.
Federal OSHA now requires certain establishments to electronically report their OSHA injury log by December 15, 2017. Institutions with 250 employees ormore at a single location are automatically required to electronically report their 2016 OSHA forms 300, 300A and 301. OSHA states your employee count includes peak employment during the calendar year and should include every individual that worked for you regardless if full-time, part- time, temporary orseasonal.
After more than half a century in business, Takao Nursery isn’t content with playing old roles. Under president Danny Takao’s watch, the Fresno, Calif., propagator transitioned from groundcovers to native California perennials in the 1990s, and to drought-tolerant varieties in the 2000s. At Takao Nursery, family members from three generations have instilled their own ideas of how the business should be run.
Watering is one of the most important responsibilities in the greenhouse. It can also be one of the costliest. Automating irrigation is one step you can take in the greenhouse to reduce costs. However, which system will work best for you? Find out in this article.